Match ’em

1. But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.
2. Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.
3. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
4. I’m all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
5. He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
6. All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
7. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

a. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), brandy distiller
b. Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959), featured in a Simon and Garfunkel song
c. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), gin producer
d. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), founder of Marvell Comics
e. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), grandfather of and mentor to Boris
f. Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805), forerunner of the internet troll and a certain law firm
g. H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916), Japanese beverage producer

6 comments for “Match ’em

  1. theonlygoodeuisadeadeu
    July 16, 2016 at 20:30

    In order of confidence

    3 a

    2 f

    4 b

  2. dearieme
    July 16, 2016 at 20:54

    1 is Marvel, I think. (‘cos we “did” it at school.)
    3 is always attributed to The Corsican.
    4 might be Bierce.
    5 sounds Saki-ish.

    That leaves 2, 6, & 7. I’ll guess Schiller, Johnson, and Wright.

  3. July 16, 2016 at 21:34


    Spot on.

    1 Marvell, indeed d
    5 Saki, yes g

    Still leaves 6, 7. We still don’t quite have these yet.

  4. the EU is dead
    July 16, 2016 at 21:49

    7 has an c18th ring to it so in a 50-50 my money would be on Johnson.

  5. July 16, 2016 at 23:36

    Johnson, preceded by Bierce. That’s it, prizes for all. Prize is the honour of taking to dinner Ms Soubry, Ms Sturgeon and Ms Penny Red.

  6. dearieme
    July 17, 2016 at 19:34

    7 sounds most unJohnson to me; the “absolutely” is hopelessly 20th century, for example. And so I googled, and yay I was right.

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